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William Bell: The Man In The Street - The Complete 'Yellow' Stax Solo Singles 1968-1974 (CD)

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One of the veterans of Southern Soul, William Bell was with the storied Stax label in Memphis for virtually his entire 15-year career (1960 - 1975). During that time he composed and recorded many songs that are rightfully considered classics, from his Stax debut 'You Don't Miss Your Water' to the blues classic 'Born Under A Bad Sign' to his hit duet with Judy Clay 'Private Number'.

The extensive second compilation contains 24 tracks. Bell remained with Stax almost until the label's final demise in 1975. During the period between 1968 - 1975 he released some of his best known and most popular recordings, including his biggest Stax hit 'I Forgot To Be Your Lover' alongside classics such as 'My Whole World Is Falling Down', 'Happy' and his own version of 'Born Under A Bad Sign'.

The backing band on the songs was, of course, the legendary house band at Stax: Booker T & The MGs.

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  • Album titlle: The Man In The Street - The Complete 'Yellow' Stax Solo Singles 1968-1974 (CD)

  • Label Ace Records

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Bell, William - The Man In The Street - The Complete 'Yellow' Stax Solo Singles 1968-1974 (CD) CD 1
01 I Forgot To Be Your Lover William Bell
02 Bring The Curtain Down William Bell
03 My Whole World Is Falling Down William Bell
04 All God's Children Got Soul William Bell
05 Happy William Bell
06 My Kind Of Girl William Bell
07 Born Under A Bad Sign William Bell
08 A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart) William Bell
09 Lonely Soldier William Bell
10 Let Me Ride William Bell
11 A Penny For Your Thoughts William Bell
12 Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone William Bell
13 All For The Love Of A Woman William Bell
14 I'll Be Home William Bell
15 Save Us William Bell
16 If You Really Love Him William Bell
17 Lovin' On Borrowed Time William Bell
18 The Man In The Street William Bell
19 I've Got To Go On Without You William Bell
20 You've Got The Kind Of Love I Need William Bell
21 Gettin' What You Got (Losin' What You Had) William Bell
22 All I Need Is Your Love William Bell
23 Get It While It's Hot William Bell
24 Nobody Walks Away From Love Unhurt William Bell
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William Bell

I Forgot To Be Your Lover 

William Bell

I Forgot To Be Your Lover 

When Stax Records was in its infancy, William Bell helped pull it through. The underrated singer was a mainstay at the Memphis-based label practically to its end.

Born July 16, 1939, Bell was exposed to a wide array of influences in his hometown of Memphis. "My mother sang gospel, and I was in church constantly, and I sang in the choir," he says.William sang with the doo-wopping Del Rios, who debuted in 1956 with Alone On A Rainy Nite on Meteor Records. They sang with veteran Memphis orchestra leader Phineas Newborn, Sr., and Bell also toured with him solo.

"We were in New York, and we had been up there I guess about two or three weeks," says Bell. "I guess I got homesick. I wrote this song during that particular time of touring." It was the beautiful waltz-time soul ballad You Don't Miss Your Water. "We were doing some things, background work, more or less, as a vocal group for Stax. Well, it was Satellite Records then," says Bell. "Chips Moman, who was a producer and musician at Satellite at that time, was asking me about recording some. So I just put it off, put it off, until finally a couple of the guys in the group were older, and they were drafted into the military. So at that time, the group kind of fell apart. And then I decided to try my luck solo." The minor impact the ballad had on the 1962 pop charts is hardly indicative of its vast Southern soul popularity.

Bell made more great Memphis soul for Stax, including the original Any Other Way. He started to register R&B hits in 1966 with Share What You Got and Never Like This Before. Private Number, his '68 hit duet with Judy Clay, started out as a guide vocal for her alone. "She said, 'Well, would you put it down for me? I'll take it back to New York and put my vocals on in New York,'" says William. "So I sang the first verse

–-they kept it on there, that was what I demoed-–and she sang the second verse and doubled the harmonies on the chorus with me. We were never singing it in the studio at the same time."

The tender I Forgot To Be Your Lover, which he wrote with Stax keyboardist Booker T. Jones, was Bell's biggest Stax seller at #10 R&B and #45 pop. "It's more personal family-oriented, I guess, in me being on the road 200 days out of the year, and just not being able to really be the person to be home with family and all," explains Bell. "I wrote that particular song with that experience in mind." Tryin' To Love Two, Bell's lone R&B chart-topper,came after Stax folded and he'd moved to Mercury in 1976.

 

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Tracklist
Bell, William - The Man In The Street - The Complete 'Yellow' Stax Solo Singles 1968-1974 (CD) CD 1
01 I Forgot To Be Your Lover
02 Bring The Curtain Down
03 My Whole World Is Falling Down
04 All God's Children Got Soul
05 Happy
06 My Kind Of Girl
07 Born Under A Bad Sign
08 A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart)
09 Lonely Soldier
10 Let Me Ride
11 A Penny For Your Thoughts
12 Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone
13 All For The Love Of A Woman
14 I'll Be Home
15 Save Us
16 If You Really Love Him
17 Lovin' On Borrowed Time
18 The Man In The Street
19 I've Got To Go On Without You
20 You've Got The Kind Of Love I Need
21 Gettin' What You Got (Losin' What You Had)
22 All I Need Is Your Love
23 Get It While It's Hot
24 Nobody Walks Away From Love Unhurt